Twenty-five-year-old care assistant Leonie Granger has been found guilty of planning the murder of Mehmet Hassan, 56, March last year. Granger met Hassan in a casino in Mayfair.
Hassan, a gambler, was kicked to death for winning a huge amount. During the trial, Granger was charged with manslaughter, but she was not found not guilty of murder. In fact, her co-defendants Kyrron Jackson and Nicholas Chandler were the ones found guilty of murdering Hassan.
A taxi driver overheard Granger saying that Hassan is a professional gambler who “has never worked a day in his life,” as quoted by the Mirror.
The night he was murdered, Hassan gave Leonie £1,000 to gamble. He then took her to the restaurant Nobu. After that, they left for the Palm Beach Casino.
Dressed in black and with a large gold necklace, Granger got cozy with Hassan that night and kissed him passionately. Later, Hassan took her to his flat in Islington.
Her boyfriend Jackson and his friend Chandler waited outside for the right moment.
Hassan was tied with parcel tape in his bedroom, then the two men kicked him to death. The killers were filmed throwing wads of £50 notes around his dead body, the Independent noted.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors that Hassan, a divorced man and a father of three, also enjoyed the company of women along with gambling.
Jackson and Chandler were also responsible for two armed robberies which took place in January and February at a South Kensington casino.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said after the case adjourned, “People who knew Mehmet Hassan – his family, friends and associates – described him as a likeable and generous man. His death was senseless, motivated by the greed of three people who exploited his generosity in the most callous manner imaginable.”